Elevate Your Salad Game: The Broccoli Salad You Didn’t Know You Needed

Salads are often dismissed as mundane, obligatory side dishes. But what if we told you that your greens can take center stage in a culinary revelation? We proudly present a salad that defies convention, a broccoli salad that is far from ordinary.

Cranberries Reimagined: At the heart of this extraordinary broccoli salad are the cranberries. But these are no ordinary cranberries. We’ve taken the extra step of rehydrating them by soaking them in a bit of liquid, it could be water or fruit juice of your choice, infusing each one with plump juiciness. Their transformation in texture elevates this salad to new heights, offering a delightful surprise in every bite.

Crunch with a Twist: The sensory experience continues with the inclusion of toasted pumpkin seeds. These bring a satisfying crunch and a nutty richness that harmonizes seamlessly with the salad’s other components.

A Cheese Above the Rest: And finally, the pièce de résistance is the cheese. Gruyère, renowned for its distinct nutty notes and luxurious melt-in-your-mouth quality, bestows an unmistakably gourmet touch to this broccoli salad.

Join us as we explore the culinary finesse of this extraordinary broccoli salad. Each ingredient has been thoughtfully selected to create a symphony of flavors and textures. Embrace a salad experience like no other, where healthy eating is nothing short of a culinary adventure.

A very generous thank you to CPMA for sponsoring this recipe. It is an honour to work with brands that align with our values and make it possible for us to share these recipes with you. We love the Half Your Plate program because it aims to educate Canadians of all ages about the importance of fresh produce consumption and encourages them to fill half their plates with fruits and vegetables to improve their health.  As always, all recipes and opinions remain our own.  Visit the Half Your Plate website for more information!

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Broccoli Salad

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  • Author: The kilted Chef
  • Yield: Serves 8


Units Scale
  • 1 cup mayonaise
  • 3 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 cups of bite sized broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, rehydrated
  • 1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere


  1. Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the broccoli, red onion, bacon, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and gruyere, toss and mix with the dressing.
  3. Refrigerate for for at least one hour before serving.
  • Category: salads, sides, recipes